Crocheted cupcake

What could be sweeter? Use it as a pincushion, or place a rock inside to use it as a paperweight.

By Alicia Bergin

Crochet a cupcake pincushion

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Materials needed
• 30 g / 55 yds white in worsted weight
• 10 g / 18 yds pink in worsted weight
• Crochet hook size G-6 (4.25 mm)
• Yarn needle
• A small amount of cotton batting

Pattern 1 (Unfrosted Cupcake)
With white, ch 5. Join with sl st to form a circle. Ch 1. Do not turn at the end of each rnd.
Rnd 1: Work 7 sc into circle. Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st around (14 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 3: Work 2 sc into first st, sc into next st, *2 sc into next st, sc into next st. Repeat from * around (21 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 4: Work 2 sc into first st, sc into each of next of 2 sts, *2 sc into next st, sc into each of next 2 sts. Repeat from * around (28 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.

Build sides
Rnd 5: In the blo, sc into each st around (28 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 6: Working in both loops, sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnds 7-10: Repeat rnd 6.
Rnd 11: Working in flo, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * around (42 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.

Rnd 12: Working in both loops, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next. Repeat from * around (63 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 13: In blo, sc in each of first 2 sts, dec sc, *sc in each of next 2 sts, dec st. Repeat from * around, ending with sc in each of last 3 sts (48 sc). Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 14: In both loops, sc in each of first 2 sts, dec sc, *sc in each of next 2 sts, dec sc; you may not end with a complete repeat. Repeat from * around (36 sc). Ch 1.
Rnds 15-17: *Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec sc. Repeat from * around; you may not end with a complete repeat. Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.

Firmly stuff cupcake with cotton batting before continuing on to next step.

Rnd 19: Repeat rnd 15.
Rnd 20: Dec sc in every st around, working continuously until 3 sts are left. Fasten off, weave end through the last 3 sts, and pull to close. Weave in any loose ends.

Pattern 2 (Frosted Cupcake)
Rnds 1-14: Follow directions from pattern 1. At end of 14, do not ch 1. Fasten off white.
Rnd 15: Attach pink to any st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of next 2 sts, dec sc, *sc in each of next 3 sts, dec sc. Repeat from * around ending with sc in last st; you may not end with a complete repeat. Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.
Rnd 16: Working in blo for rest of the pattern (including sl st at end of rounds), *sc in each of next 3 sts, dec sc. Repeat from * around; you may not end with a complete repeat. Join with sl st to first st of rnd. Ch 1.

Firmly stuff cupcake with cotton batting before continuing on to next step.

Rnds 17-20: Repeat rnd 16.
Rnd 21: Dec sc in every st around, working in continuous rnds, until 3 sts are left. Fasten off, weave end through the last 3 sts, and pull to close. Weave in loose ends.

Finished dimensions
4 inches diameter x 3 inches high unfrosted (3-1/2 inches frosted) at widest point.

More ideas
Stuff the cupcake with cloves or potpourri to make a sachet. Attach a length of string to the top to convert the cupcake into a Christmas ornament.

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Excerpted from Crochet to Go: 25 Chic and Easy Patterns by Alicia Bergin, with photos by Julie Toy. Copyright 2007 by Alicia Bergin and Julie Toy. Excerpted with permission from Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

 

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